Thomas Friedman, NYT:
My own totally unscientific, seat of the pants poll tells me this: When you say Obama’s name today and ask people for their first impression — a quick, flash, gut, first impression — no single word or phrase or policy comes to mind. His opponents will fill that vacuum if he doesn’t. They already are.
Obama’s campaign has never been about specific policy innovations, only vague talk about change, hope, etc. After a year and half, and with a real maverick ticket opposing him, it’s getting a little stale.